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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:58 am 
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This might be old news but I've just come off the phone to Vintage Tyres at Beaulieu.

The OE tyre 175/70 13 is now available again for the Sprint at £124 + VAT, H rated, they are now made in the UK as opposed to New Zealand where mine came from.

They may not be the best tyre these days but for originality freaks, I plead guilty, they are fine for the small mileages that a lot of these cars do.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:52 pm 
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They also do a 155 HR 13 for ordinary Dolomites at £115 plus vat. I saw them at Beaulieu this year... i am sorely tempted.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:24 pm 
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You'd have to be an originality nut to pay that much per cover for a tyre that wasn't all that much cop when it was current. And will probably be out of date (in individual tyre age) before it's worn out! I'd heard they were coming back, but this is the first price i've seen.

I can get perfectly respectable (not Chinese) tyres in a suitable speed rating and size for £50 a corner including fitting, balance, VAT and old cover disposal. You don't NEED a 130mph H rated tyre on a 115mph (on a really good day) Sprint, especially when it's never likely to go over 80. A T or W rated tyre (which were not even thought of in the 70s) is adequate for the job, relatively cheap and readily available in 175/70/13.

Don't get me wrong, tyres are very important to road safety and handling, I won't use old tyres, remoulds, Chinese ditchfinder specials or part-worns on any of my cars, I drive too hard to risk it for a few bob on tyres. But you have to retain a certain amount of perspective, even my own tyre of choice on the Carledo, the 195/50/15 Toyo Proxes T1R comes to me at just a shade over £50 apiece, any Sprint owner who really uses his car to it's full potential will, like me, be looking for more than these ancient pattern Dunlops can provide anyway!

That's MY 2 pennorth!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:29 pm 
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...any Sprint owner who really uses his car to it's full potential will, like me, be looking for more than these ancient pattern Dunlops can provide anyway!
+1

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:38 pm 
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Hi Steve,

All excellent and valid points, I expect no less from you, but I'm afraid me and MikeyB have an incurable condition called acute originality syndrome which I'm reliably informed is beyond hope.

Also as I'm 71 the odds are I'll be dead and well and truly buried before my new set of Aquajets will be perished and out of date.

Off now with my zimmer frame for my nightly cup of Horlicks.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:11 pm 
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Hi Steve,

All excellent and valid points, I expect no less from you, but I'm afraid me and MikeyB have an incurable condition called acute originality syndrome which I'm reliably informed is beyond hope.

Also as I'm 71 the odds are I'll be dead and well and truly buried before my new set of Aquajets will be perished and out of date.

Off now with my zimmer frame for my nightly cup of Horlicks.
Go on with you Len, I'm only 6 years behind you, but i'm not ready for the pipe and slippers yet! Just because i've got a few years under my belt, doesn't mean I have to slow down, quite the reverse! The older I get, the more I realize I don't have time to waste dawdling around! I think I have the reverse of your syndrome, I can't bear to leave a car stock, even before i've handed over the cash, I'm contemplating what mods will best suit my new purchase! And my version is just as incurable! I fully expect to wear several more sets of tyres out before I head for the great Custom shop in the sky! In a few weeks, entries are going to open for the 2020 RBRR and I fully intend to be on it!

It's your car and i'm perfectly happy for you to keep it the way you like it, all original, right down to the designed in faults and production economies. And if these tyres will make you happy, go get 'em!

Steve

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:01 am 
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Just because i've got a few years under my belt, doesn't mean I have to slow down, quite the reverse! The older I get, the more I realize I don't have time to waste dawdling around.

In the real world ( Non Triumph ) I'm just the same as you, trying my best to grow old disgracefully. A few months ago got myself a new Golf R, 300 BHP. 4WD, the ideal car to pop down to the Post Office on Thursdays to collect my pension :D

Are you using the Carledo for the RBRR? Get your entry in ASAP as they seem to get snapped up really quickly.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:42 am 
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Get your entry in ASAP as they seem to get snapped up really quickly.


Very true. Seems you need s half decent internet speed too. I know of somebody who missed out on a 10CR place as his internet, out in the country, is very slow and it took too long to load etc. I expect the RBRR to be the same, people sitting there at 7pm (or whatever time it is) on the release day banging buttons until they get through the entry process. I was one of them last time...

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:46 am 
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Are you using the Carledo for the RBRR? Get your entry in ASAP as they seem to get snapped up really quickly.
I'm hoping to use the Dolomega for the Round Britain, it's what the car was designed for, a long legged, quick, quiet and comfy cruiser with automatic transmission, mod cons and (hopefully) decent fuel economy. The donor Omega which I drove around for a few months, recorded a run MPG figure on it's trip computer of 38mpg with aircon, PAS, a 3.7 diff and almost 2 tons of deadweight. Shorn of the power sapping accessories and half the weight and with a 3.45 Sprint axle I'm hoping for 40+ mpg. The Carledo will be waiting in the wings as backup if the Dolomega is not ready in time. It's a lot noisier and harsher to drive but I have no doubts whatsoever of it's ability to complete such an event!

I went on the RBRR with Mahesh in his Sprint in 2018. He got his entry in on day 2 and was number 147 from a permitted 140 entries. So I'm well aware of the need to get in early! Fortunately for us, lots drop out in the 10 months between entry and event, so a lowish number on the waiting list is tolerable. Even so, I will be sat at the computer with a finger on the mouse the day entries open! In 2018, 132 started from 160+ initial entries and (I think) 107 finished. The attrition rate in 2018 was several percentage points higher than usual for the run which was ascribed to the higher than usual number of rookie teams taking part. I know one dropout was down to a sleep deprived crewman filling their Stag with diesel at a fuel stop in Devon in the early hours of Sunday morning!

So wish us luck and if anyone wants to sponsor us, drop me a PM!

Steve

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2 door '73 Toledo with Vauxhall Carlton 2.0 8v engine OWF 797M (The Carledo)
'78 Sprint Auto with Vauxhall Omega 2.2 16v engine EGP 247T (The Dolomega)
'91 Cavalier 2ltr 8v auto
'95 Cavalier 2ltr 16v auto
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